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Summer Water Safety Tips - #SwimWays


We share some summer water safety tips with the help of SwimWays.


It's sprimmer (the days between spring and summer) and most of our kids are out of school for the summer. With the weather heating up to almost 90 degrees, what better way to cool down than a day either at the beach or pool? For those who don't live close to an actual beach, the community pool, your own home pool or even a water park is a great idea in the summer. It's amazing how a little water can bring the heat down and it makes for a great family outing as well. However, as with all children, there should be rules and safety instructions in place.  Two years ago I shared why your kids should take swim lessons, however today I want to share six (6) water safety tips for when you're heading out to the pool or water park.


1. Always actively supervise your kids at all times when they're in the water. Remember Murphys Law: anything that can go wrong will go wrong. It's better to be safe than sorry. Put away the cell phones, social media can wait, give your kids your undivided attention.

2. Enroll your child in swim lessons. Swimming is not only fun, the lessons teaches also teaches your child about water safety. You can find low cost or even free lessons at your local YMCA or Parks and Recreation Department.


3. Never leave your child unattended or to swim alone. Always use the buddy system. That way in the event of an emergency, there will always be someone there to get help, and always swim in lifeguard designated areas.

4. Let your children know the rules of the pool and enforce those safety rules in place, such as 'no running', no diving' etc.


5. Never swim near drain gates or suction outlets. Drains and suction outlets can become an entrapment or entanglement for your child's limbs, bathing suits or even hair, which can get stuck in these openings.

6. Learn CPR. Learning and knowing how to perform CPR can save a drowning victims life. CPR classes are usually available through community centers, hospitals or through the American Red Cross. Once you're CPR certified, make sure that you keep it current.


Now while it is important to teach your children how to swim and develop a love for the water, there are products that can help improve their swimming skills. SwimWays has been in the business for many years helping to make our children feel more confident in the water with products that we love, and best of all they come in Swim Steps. From the beginner learner to the more advanced. For example Madison just LOVES her Power Swimr which is a Swim Step 3 product, because it gives her the confidence knowing that she'll say afloat and she gets to swim at her own pace. The Power Swimr is the training wheels for pools and comes with adjustable cords and support a support strap for a snug fit. There are also 9 removable floats that can be removed to adjust to her swimming ability.


The Swim Step Two products provides support to those children learning to balance and paddle. You can get Swim Step Two products as the the Swim Sweater or the Swim Vest. Each product gives children the tools the need to feel empowered in the water.

SwimWays is a leader in helping children learn to swim and promoting water safety as evidenced by the 6th annual National Learn to Swim Day that took place on May 20, 2017. For more information on SwimWays and to learn why you should teach your child to swim and love the water, check out this informational video.


You can find SwimWays products at Toys"R"Us in-store and online.

Annmarie John
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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I remember my mom telling me how her brother almost drowned in the ocean, but thankfully she knew how to swim and was able to get to him before anything horrible happened. It takes one split second for everything to go wrong. Thank you for sharing these tips! I feel it's important to be reminded as sometimes we are simply distracted by unimportant things.

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  2. These are great tips! And Madison is so cute! :) My boys learned how to swim at a very young age. They love water this was important to me to make sure they knew how to swim! Thank you for this important reminder!! We hear so many stories each summer about kids drowning!

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  3. Water safety is just so important - absolutely teach kids to swim at a young age and get them all necessary floaties etc because it can definitely save a life.

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  4. It is SO important for children to know how to swim! Whether they're on a boat or at a pool party, children need to be able to swim if an accident occurs.

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  5. All of our kids know how to swim. We made sure they took classes as soon as they were old enough. It's so important for safety.

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  6. I can't swim, so we always go to places where there is a trained lifeguard on duty - or I am with my husband, who can swim.

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  7. These are so great! I have the baby float, but I need to get one of the big kid jackets for my 4 year old. Swim safety is so important!

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  8. I think swimming lessons are a good investment especially when you take the kids swimming often during the summer! I am loving these tips, and that swim sweater is a great way to make sure your child is safe.

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  9. These are such wonderful tips. I'm not the strongest swimmer myself, so I made sure that all three of the kids took lessons. Unfortunately, they didn't take lessons long enough to be super strong swimmers, so I need to get them back to swimming again. Every summer I worry about water safety. This summer I need to make sure I step up and do things versus worry. Thanks for sharing.
    -Dean
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  10. These are all such important safety tips. I think that all parents should learn CPR! I also agree that no child, even the best swimmers in the world, should be left to swim alone!

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  11. These are some great tips, the water is great but it can be so dangerous so knowing how to keep you all safe is a must.

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  12. These are god things to think about before heading to the pool. Those pool safety rules are in place for good reasons!

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  13. I just got a sheet to sign my son up for swimming lessons! But totally agree, keeping an eye on them at all times is so important!

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  14. I'll admit that I barely know how to swim. However, I believe it's very crucial for my children to learn. Great tips!

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  15. I saw a clip on Facebook yesterday showing how fast a little kid could start drowning. Within a few seconds the kid went from looking fine to being under water. Thankfully an older kid quickly helped him out. It was caught by a security cam. You really have to be vigilant.

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  16. These are awesome tips for those with young children. We always use the swimways floats when at the pool or the lake!

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  17. I agree that water safety is really important for kids! I'm glad mine are starting to know how to swim well.

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  18. Water safety is so important, not only for kids, but for everyone! The buddy system is really important when swimming.

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  19. Both my husband and I have been looking to take CPR lessons and have found that many of them can be costly- BUT we've also found free classes (with long waitlists attached). Water safety is SO important- thank you for the tips! A good swim vest is perfect to keep kids safer in the pool this summer.

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  20. The kids and I love swimming but it's really important for me to keep an eye on them at all times. There's been to many cases of kids drowning and all that and it scares the hell out of me. I like that swimming vest, it's going to keep your child safe but it also wouldn't hurt to let them take swimming lessons.

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  21. Spreading the word about swim safety is super important. This is the time of year when you hear about accidents. Even though my girls are getting older, I stay by the water.

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  22. Swim classes are so important for anyone who lives near water or may take their kids to a pool at any point. So vital for safety!

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  23. This is so cool. Does it come in adult sizes? Lol But seriously, great to have for those pool days

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  24. Swimming lessons are so important for small kids as it's such a good thing to know how to do. I know my parents would always watch me and my brother when we were in the pool on holiday x

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  25. These are all great tips. I get so frustrated when parents just let their little ones go and no one pays attention. We had that happen at our family farm pool one summer - the kids jumped in (they were of varying ages) and the parents walked off. Two of us adults were like WTH and stayed to watch the kids but boy did the other woman give the parents a mouth full when they returned for leaving the kids with us (we were strangers to the kids) and not watching their kids! We used SwimWays for our kids when they were little and their products really helped to train them to swim! I also thank you for the reminder of needing to learn CPR, I so need to!

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  26. This is so important. Water safety is really a huge concern. I know someone who actually lost her 18 month old a few months ago to water drowning so it's been on my mind a lot. - Jeanine

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  27. Every kid should know how to swim. Summer time is the perfect season to start those summer lessons and learn about water safety.

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  28. I love these tips! I have three boys and I get nervous going to the pool with them. I don't have enough arms to carry them all or hold onto all of them.

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  29. These are great swim tips to remember. I need to get this for my kids because they are just now starting to love being in the pool and the SwimWays would be a great fit for them!

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  30. Des is doing a summer camp this summer that I decide about today. I'm almost positive it uses these exact products. Makes me feel so much better about it. Water safety is especially important where we live, because we live on a river.

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  31. Water safety is always important to remember. It is far too easy to get caught up in the fun of swimming and forget ourselves.

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  32. I am considering getting this for my little one. It looks very comfy and easy to use!

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  33. This is an excellent way to help the little ones gain confidence in swimming. It looks like a great product too.

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  34. Great tips! These swimways are great to have available near the poor side this summer. Your daughter looks confident in the pool.

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  35. I wish my kids had taken swimming lessons. Its a good thing to have under your belt.

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  36. When my kids took swim lessons, the type of vest your daughter is wearing is what the teacher recommended since it helped children learn to use their arms to swim. Some really important tips here!

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  37. I think that swimming or going to the beach is the perfect way to make use of the warmer weather. I agree that safety is so important though and you are right in saying that you should not leave your child alone x

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  38. That flotation vest does provide safety in the water. I love that it could be adjusted and conform to the body of the child. Although having this on your child is not reason to leave them alone. Always keep an eye on your child!

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  39. These are great tips. Water can be so much fun but so scary if you don't have a child who knows how to swim well.

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  40. My grandchildren love the water! We take them to the pool frequently, especially during the hot summer months. The swim sweater you featured here look like something I would need to get them. We will be enrolling them in swim class by mid-July. Thanks for these tips too. I think the best is to never leave a child unattended.

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  41. Water safety is so important. My daughter would live in the pool forever if I let her so I'm constantly teaching her safty tips.

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  42. I totally agree with you. It's very important for any person to know about water safety even if you are a kid or an adult.

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